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Friday, May 17, 2013
Ohio State recruiting mailbag: Who's next

By Brad Bournival

It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions. We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered. We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, by email at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

@DelagrangeChris: Will junior college offensive tackles Chad Mavety and Jermaine Eluemunor visit Ohio State?

BuckeyeNation: Yes sir, both are planning visits and both are very high on Ohio State. Mavety is so impressed with the Buckeyes and how they’ve made him a priority that he’s bringing his family with him on his visit in June. Eluemunor wanted to come on campus in April, but NCAA rules kept him off. He is still trying to make plans to visit Columbus, Ohio, however.

@Taylor_Price30: Are the Buckeyes heavy favorites for any of the five-star recruits at this point?

Raekwon McMillan
Raekwon McMillan has narrowed his list down to Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Ohio State.
BN: ESPN is very strict on who it gives five-star rating to, as only Leonard Fournette, Jabrill Peppers, Andrew Brown, Da’Shawn Hand, Adoree’ Jackson, Myles Garrett, Cameron Robinson, Speedy Noil, Marlon Humphrey, Lamont Gaillard and Quin Blanding have the coveted mark. That said, Ohio State is very much in the lead for inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. The four-star junior is ranked 15th-overall and is the top-ranked linebacker -- inside or outside -- by ESPN. McMillan, as recently as this Wednesday, said the Buckeyes are out in front, so reports having him waning on Ohio Stare are erroneous. McMillan says he wants to announce his commitment at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.

jbacevice@gmail.com: Of the eight Ohio State commitments, who do you think has the best chance to make the largest jump in the ESPN rankings by signing day? Could Kyle Berger or Lonnie Johnson find themselves in the ESPN 150?

BN: I can see you follow the recruiting game closely, as those are the two names we believe will make the biggest jump. Berger was the best defensive player last year for Cleveland St. Ignatius on a unit filled with Division-I signees and prospects. Johnson’s 4.5 laser-timed speed can’t be denied, and his confidence is through the roof. While Detroit Cass Tech’s Damon Webb is ranked 51st overall, BuckeyeNation expects him to make leaps and bounds as well as the Technicians look for their third straight state title. Look out for Sam Hubbard of Cincinnati Moeller to improve as well. Now that his main focus is football instead of lacrosse, he should continue to impress.